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1:55 PM ET, December 23, 2011

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Over 40 Internet Companies Come Out Publicly Against SOPA (Including Us)  —  Since the list of 120 or so SOPA supporting companies hit the Internet yesterday, the lines have been drawn; People are publicly promising to pull thousands of domains from domain registrar Godaddy after it appeared on the list as a supporter.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
How Amazon is helping to sustain long-form journalism  —  Amazon has been taking a beating recently for what some see as its attempt to cut in on the business of independent booksellers, and for its ongoing disruption of the e-book market via its Kindle lending library and other moves.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Former TechCrunch Staffer Sarah Lacy Set to Close Funding Round for PandoDaily  —  Netscape Co-Founder Marc Andreessen Joins Michael Arrington and Other Investors In Tech News Site  —  Former TechCrunch Senior Editor Sarah Lacy is expected to close a round of funding in the next two weeks …
Discussion: Business Insider
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Journalists complain the White House press office has become overly combative  —  The White House's relationship with the reporters who cover it has blown hot and cold throughout history.  And this year, some reporters say, things have taken a decidedly frosty turn.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and @poynter
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Maybe Apple's Newsstand Really Was a Present for Publishers  —  When Apple launched its Newsstand feature in iTunes this fall, the idea was that giving newspaper and magazine publishers their own dedicated shelf space — for those who signed on to Apple's subscription program - would boost sales.
The Huffington Post:
Piers Morgan's Phone Hacking Testimony Has Little Impact  —  CNN's Piers Morgan was in the position few television interviewers like to be this week: on the other side of the microphone.  He testified by video link about his past life as a London tabloid editor before a British panel looking into media ethics.
Discussion: Guardian and The Independent
Jesse Solomon / CNN:
New York Times files lawsuit seeking info on targeted killings  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — The New York Times has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice charging that the government failed to release information under the Freedom of Information Act on records surrounding questions …
Chicago Tribune:
Sun-Times' new owners envision highly digital delivery, products  —  Chicago technology entrepreneur Michael Ferro and former Newsday Publisher and CEO Timothy Knight lead the group.  Knight says flagship tabloid newspaper will remain an integral part of the portfolio.
Bill Adair / PolitiFact:
Fact-checking in the Echo Chamber Nation  —  At a Republican campaign rally a few years ago, I asked one of the attendees how he got his news.  —  “I listen to Rush and read NewsMax,” he said.  “And to make sure I'm getting a balanced view, I watch Fox.”  —  My liberal friends …
Michael Warren / Associated Press:
Argentine government wins control of newsprint  —  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The paper used to produce newspapers came under government control in Argentina on Thursday, in a long-sought victory for President Cristina Fernandez in her dispute with the country's opposition media.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Meet Circa, The Stealthy ‘News Experience’ Startup From Ben Huh And SimpleGeo Founder Matt Galligan  —  As we heard in August, SimpleGeo founder Matt Galligan left the company to pursue other interests.  SimpleGeo was then bought by UrbanAirship in November, and fellow co-founder Joe Stump left …
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. in Talks to Hire Gerson Zweifach as General Counsel  —  News Corp. is expected to name veteran Washington attorney Gerson Zweifach as its next general counsel, filling what is likely to be a sensitive role as the media conglomerate deals with the fallout of the phone-hacking scandal that erupted this summer.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Media Decoder and Law Blog
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
TechCrunch Writer, Blogging on TechCrunch: 'I'm Beginning to Feel Stupid for Still Being Here'  —  Ms. Tsotsis, Freedom Fighter (or something like it).  —  Alexia Tsotsis was a well-liked and popular tech blogger before she was at TechCrunch, back when she was at SF Weekly.
Discussion: Globe and Mail
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Aol Shareholders Freak Out Over Exec Departures — As They Should
Rainey Reitman / The Nation:
Government Blocks Access to Bradley Manning's Hearing  —  The WikiLeaks saga is centered on issues of government transparency and accountability, but the public is being strategically denied access to the Manning hearing, one of the most important court cases in our lifetime.
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David Dishneau / Associated Press:
Defense says Manning victim of military overreach
Discussion: Threat Level and New York Times
 
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